People

Wesley Hogan

Director, Center for Documentary Studies

Wesley Hogan is the director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and teaches the history of youth social movements, African American history, women’s history and oral history.

Kelly Alexander

Instructor

Kelly Alexander is a writer based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is a consulting editor to Saveur magazine and the author of numerous feature stories for that publication.

Whitney Baker

Web Design and Production Manager

Whitney is a writer, programmer and all-around multimedia storyteller with a passion for local, community-driven stories. She received a bachelor's in multimedia journalism and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, where she was also able to experience the glorious life of a theater technician, travel through South America and learn to make balloon animals. 

Bill Bamberger

Instructor

Photographer Bill Bamberger is known for the innovative ways he has engaged whole communities in the production of his work. His projects explore large social issues of our time by looking at how they are manifest in our families and communities.

Kathryn Banas

Senior Development Associate

Kathryn Banas, Senior Development Associate at CDS, hails from a New Orleans suburb. She attended Sarah Lawrence College before transferring to Northwestern University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Communication Studies degree. 

Samantha Bechtold

Documentary Arts and Publishing Intern

Samantha Bechtold is the Documentary Arts and Publishing Intern at the Center for Documentary Studies. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, where she served as editor-in-chief of her university's yearbook - Sooner.

Michelle Benham

Director of Marketing, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Michelle Benham is the director of marketing at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. With a background in nonfiction multimedia production, communications, and community outreach, she is interested in connecting people through storytelling.

John Biewen

Audio Program Director/Instructor

John Biewen is audio program director at CDS and host of the Center’s audio documentary podcast, Scene on Radio. During a thirty-year career as a public radio journalist and documentary-maker, he has told stories from forty American states and from Europe, Japan, and India.

Greg Britz

Associate Director for Operations and Finance

Office

1317 W. Pettigrew St. L205

Phone

(919) 660-3658

Email

gbritz@duke.edu

Linda Burton

Board of Directors

Linda M. Burton is a former Dean of Social Sciences and currently the director of the Center for Child and Family Policy, the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology, and Professor of Public Policy at Duke University.

Harlan Campbell

Photography and Digital Arts Associate

Harlan Campbell is the photography and digital arts associate at the Center for Documentary Studies. He has a degree in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

William H. Chafe

Board of Directors

William H. Chafe attended Harvard College, where he graduated magna cum laude in history (1962), and Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in American history (1971).

Allen Creech

Systems Administrator

Office

1317 W. Pettigrew St. B207

Phone

(919) 749-8278

Email

allen.creech@duke.edu

Jamila R. Davenport

Operations Specialist

Jamila R. Davenport is an emerging multimedia documentarian who shares narratives digitally across internet platforms. Born and raised in Durham, she graduated from North Carolina Central University ('98) with a B.A.

Lois Deloatch

Board of Directors

Lois Deloatch has a nearly three-decade-long career in the arts, philanthropy, and community service. As a professional vocalist and songwriter, she has appeared in concert throughout the United States and internationally and has produced five recordings as leader, including Roots: Jazz/Blues/Spirituals and Hymn to Freedom: Homage to Oscar Peterson.

Alexa Dilworth

Publishing Director and Senior Editor

Alexa Dilworth is publishing director and senior editor at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, where she also directs the awards program, which includes the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, the CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing and Photography, and the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize.

Gail Exum

Business Manager

Office

1317 W. Pettigrew St. L206

Phone

(919) 660-3656

Email

gail.exum@duke.edu

Robert Fippinger

Board of Directors

Robert A. Fippinger, a resident of New York City, was a partner and senior counsel of the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, a law firm, until 2015.

Tamika Galanis

Post-MFA Fellow in the Documentary Arts

Tamika Galanis is a documentarian and multimedia visual artist. A Bahamian native, Galanis's work examines the complexities of living in a place shrouded in tourism’s ideal during the age of climate concerns. Her photography-based practice includes traditional documentary work and new media abstractions of written, oral, and archival histories.

Lana Garland

Instructor

Lana Garland has worked as a Creative Director, Director, and Writer/Producer in television and film in the US and Europe. Her work has included content for HBO, BET, and ESPN in America, and TV2 in Denmark.

Jaki Shelton Green

Instructor

Jaki Shelton Green is a writer and poet, a North Carolina native whose publications include Dead on Arrival, Dead on Arrival and New Poems, Masks, Conjure Blues, singing a tree into dance, breath of the song, Blue Opal (a play), and Feeding the Light.

Deirdre Haj

Director, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

At Full Frame, Deirdre implemented free year-round screenings, the “Teach the Teachers” program and lending library, “The School of Doc” and the “A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy”.

Alex Harris

Professor of the Practice/Hine Fellows

Alex Harris is a photographer, writer, and teacher. He has photographed for extended periods in Cuba, the Inuit villages of Alaska, the Hispanic villages of northern New Mexico, and across the American South. He has taught at Duke for more than three decades through the Sanford School, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts Program.

Gary Hawkins

Visiting Lecturer in Film at CDS and AMI

Gary Hawkins is a writer and filmmaker whose work traverses many genres, fiction and nonfiction, experimental and traditional, finding its expression in a variety of forms – essay, prose, installation and cinema. 

Bernard L. Herman

Board of Directors

Bernard L. Herman is the George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, where he also serves on the art history faculty.

Katie Hjerpe

Documentary Arts and Media Intern

Katie Hjerpe is the Documentary Media & Arts intern at the Center for Documentary Studies. Originally from New England, she moved to North Carolina to attend UNC and is excited to further explore the Triangle (and the rest of the state) now that she's graduated.

Katie Hyde

Instructor

Katie Hyde is the director of Literacy Through Photography (LTP), a program based at the Center for Documentary Studies. In this capacity, she works closely with undergraduate students, community volunteers, and teachers and students in the Durham Public Schools.

Kimberly Jenkins

Board of Directors

Kimberly Jenkins currently serves as an active board member, angel investor, and coach to several early-stage companies in Durham/RTP and Silicon Valley.

Jonathan Jensen

Board of Directors

Jonathan Jensen has been a serial entrepreneur in media, real estate, and energy, and is currently trading commodities and managing an asset portfolio while taking time off to raise his two young sons with his wife, Amy.

Nancy Kalow

Instructor

Nancy Kalow is a folklorist and filmmaker. She was a co-convener, with miriam cooke and Maha Houssami, of the Humanities Writ Large project, Arab Refugee Oral History: Collecting Life Narratives.

Caitlin Margaret Kelly

Director, Power Plant Gallery

Caitlin Margaret Kelly is an artist, runner, and devout coffee drinker. She is Director of the Power Plant Gallery at Duke University.

Randall Kenan

Board of Directors, Fall 2002-Spring 2003 Lehman Brady Professor

Randall Kenan is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC–Chapel Hill. His first novel, A Visitation of Spirits, was published by Grove Press in 1989.

Jenna Kruger

Social Media and Digital Projects Manager

Jenna Kruger is the Social Media and Digital Projects Manager at the Center for Documentary Studies. A native North Carolinian raised in Raleigh, she received her BA in Communications with a concentration in Broadcast and New Media studies from Elon University in 2013.

EB Landesberg

Program Director, Hine Fellows

Email

elizabeth.landesberg@duke.edu

Peter Lange

Board of Directors, Vice Chair

Peter Lange joined the Department of Political Science at Duke University in 1981 after a previous teaching position at Harvard University.

Michelle Lanier

Instructor

Michelle Lanier, director of North Carolina’s African American Heritage Commission, has been an instructor at CDS since 2000. She uses her background as an oral historian and folklorist to connect communities around personal narratives and cultural expression.

Barbara Lau

Instructor

Barbara Lau is director of the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center, an effort to activate history for social change inspired by the life and legacy of activist, poet, lawyer and Episcopal priest Pauli Murray. 

Diane Britz Lotti

Board of Directors, Chair

Diane Britz Lotti is Chairman of American Capital Partners, an international investment company with investments in Europe, South America, and the United States.

Thomas Mann

Board of Directors

Thomas (Tom) Mann is retired Associate Dean for Finance and Administration in Arts and Sciences and Trinity College at Duke University. He served in this role managing budgets and finance from 1982 until 2007, working with seven Arts and Sciences deans.

Xaris A. Martínez

Assistant to the Director

Xaris (pronounced HA-ri'z) A. Martínez is the assistant to the director of the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University.

Danita Mason-Hogans

Project Coordinator, Critical Oral Histories

Phone

(919) 260-8920

Email

danita.masonhogans@duke.edu

Marc Maximov

Continuing Education Coordinator

Office

1317 W. Pettigrew St. L304

Phone

(919) 660-3678

Email

marc.maximov@duke.edu

Lisa McCarty

Curator of the Archives of Documentary Arts, Instructor

Lisa McCarty’s work as a photographer, filmmaker, curator, and educator is driven by her interest in the origins of photography. She is particularly interested in how technology influences image production, as well as the material and associative evolution of images.

Quadiriah McCullough

Operations Coordinator

Office

1317 W. Pettigrew St. L115

Phone

(919) 660-3677

Email

quadiriah.mccullough@duke.edu

S. Charmaine McKissick-Melton

Board of Directors

S. Charmaine McKissick-Melton is associate professor and former interim chair in the Department of Mass Communication at North Carolina Central University. She was previously at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Lynn McKnight

Associate Director for Programs and Development

Office

1317 W. Pettigrew St. L203

Phone

(919) 660-3654

Email

llm@duke.edu

Ambria McNeill

Exhibitions Intern

John Moses

Instructor

Email

moses001@mc.duke.edu

William Page

Coordinator, Documentary Diversity Project

Office

1317 W. Pettigrew St. L200

Phone

(919) 660-3666

Email

william.page@duke.edu

Dan Partridge

Production Co-Director, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Dan Partridge is the Production Co-Director for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. He has served as the Research Associate for The Jazz Loft Project at the Center for Documentary Studies, beginning in 2003. From 2000-2002, he was the CDS Exhibitions and Public Programs Assistant.

James Peacock

Board of Directors

James L. Peacock is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Comparative Literature, Co-Director of the Duke–UNC Rotary Center for Peace and Conflict, and Chair of World View at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his B.A.

Liz Phillips

Communications Director

Elizabeth (Liz) Phillips is communications director at the Center for Documentary Studies. This is her second stint at CDS; in 1993, while working as a writer/editor at a government-issue government job in D.C., a friend told her about a new magazine starting up at a place called the Center for Documentary Studies.

Angie Potiny

Development Assistant

Angie Potiny is the Development Assistant for both CDS and Full Frame. She received her degree in Communications and Women’s Studies from UNC-CH.

Karen Price

Instructor

In addition to teaching, Price directs the Duke in Los Angeles undergraduate semester away program. She received an MFA in production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, an MA in creative writing and English from Hollins University, and an AB in English and political science from Duke.

Tom Rankin

Professor of the Practice/Director, MFAEDA

Tom Rankin is Professor of the Practice of Art and Documentary Studies at Duke University where he directs the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts. For 15 years he was director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. Rankin is formerly Associate Professor of Art and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi and Chair of the Art Department at Delta State University.

Benjamin D. Reese, Jr.

Board of Directors

Benjamin D. Reese Jr. is vice president of the Office for Institutional Equity at Duke University and Duke University Health System, Duke University's Chief Diversity Officer, and is a licensed clinical psychologist.

Courtney Reid-Eaton

Exhibitions Director

Office

1317 W. Pettigrew St. L112

Phone

(919) 660-3664

Email

reideatn@duke.edu

Cristy Road Carrera

Spring 2018 Lehman Brady Professor

Cristy Road Carrera is a Cuban-American artist, writer, and musician who grew up in Miami. Through visual art, storytelling, and punk rock music, Road strives to “testify [to] the beauty of the imperfect. . . .”

Sally Robinson

Board of Directors

Sally Robinson is a lifelong resident of Charlotte. She has had a love affair with Duke University ever since she came with her family to Duke football games in the early 1940s.

Kate Rogers

Programming Coordinator, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Kate Rogers is the Programming Coordinator of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Prior to joining the programming department in October 2016, Kate was the Department Coordinator of Moving Image at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Elena Rue

Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow 2005-2006, Project Manager, Instructor

Elena Rue completed the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) Certificate program offered in conjunction with Duke Continuing Studies.

Margaret Sartor

Instructor

Margaret Sartor is a photographer and writer whose past projects include What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney (with co-editor Geoff Dyer) and the best-selling memoir Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets, and Growing up in the 1970s. 

MJ Sharp

Instructor

MJ Sharp is a documentary and fine arts photographer.

Lani Simeona

Production Co-Director, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Lani Simeona is the Production Co-Director for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Lani joined the Full Frame team in 2007 as Office Manager, became the Artist Services Coordinator and Communications Manager in 2011, and Production Co-Director in 2014. As Production Co-Director, she is responsible for festival and year-round ticketing, volunteer selection and training, filmmaker transportation and lodging, venue selection and build out, and technical and IT support. Prior to Full Frame, Lani studied film and theater at Florida State University and the University of Central Florida, was a tour guide and trainer for the Walt Disney World Resort, and spent 10 years in music retail management, merchandising, and music buying before making the move from Florida to Durham, North Carolina.

Chris Sims

Director of Undergraduate Education/Lecturing Fellow, Fall 2017 Lehman Brady Fellow

Christopher Sims is the Undergraduate Educator Director at the Center for Documentary Studies and a Lecturing Fellow in Documentary Arts. He has worked as a photo archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and, at CDS, has coordinated the exhibition, awards, and web programs.

Alan Teasley

Board of Directors

Alan B. Teasley holds B.A., M.A.T., and Ph.D. degrees from UNC–Chapel Hill. The Durham native recently completed a three-year stint as director of Duke’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program.

Charlie Thompson

Professor of the Practice of Cultural Anthropology and Documentary Studies

Charles D. Thompson, Jr. is Professor of the Practice of Cultural Anthropology and Documentary Studies at Duke University. A common thread through his work is a deep concern for people doing their all to have a voice in our agricultural systems.

Sadie Tillery

Director of Programming, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Sadie Tillery is the Director of Programming of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Sadie joined the Programming Department in 2005 and became Director in 2008.

Kevin A. Tolson

Board of Directors

Kevin A. Tolson works in brand marketing management for Unilever and is a current M.B.A. student at the New York University Stern School of Business specializing in strategy and finance.

Tim Tyson

Senior Scholar (Prof of Divinity and History)

Timothy B. Tyson is Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Visiting Professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture at Duke Divinity School, and adjunct professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina. 

April Walton

Learning Outreach Director

Office

1317 W. Pettigrew St. L301

Phone

(919) 660-3670

Email

awalton@duke.edu

Marie Washington

Board of Directors

Marie Washington has held senior financial leadership positions within the corporate and nonprofit sectors in New York City and San Francisco over her thirty-year professional career.